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The Java Virtual Machine is software that runs Java Applets within your Windows programs, including our Virtual Tours.
Due to a legal dispute Microsoft was unable to provide this appication as an installed feature when loading Win XP [first edition] onto a new or freshly formatted sytem. The Java applications that require this program are in use in a large number of existing web sites and when visited for the first time will prompt you to download and install the Virtual Machine application, this means that unless this site is one of the very first you visit then you will no doubt already have the Virtual Machine installed, if for any reason you do not, please download it from the link below.
While the Microsoft virtual machine is not on the Windows XP CD, it is
still an integrated part of the product. Customers who upgrade to Windows
XP from recent prior versions of Windows can easily and automatically
take advantage of their existing Java virtual machine. Customers with
new machines or who perform a clean installation of Windows XP will automatically
be offered the choice to perform a one-time download of the virtual machine
the first time they browse a Web page containing a Java applet. This download
is then available for any subsequent applet a customer may encounter.
Finally, Microsoft has made its virtual machine available to any PC manufacturer
to ship with new Windows XP systems, to save customers even this one-time